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Home Guide to Pool and Spa Enclosures

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Home Guide to Pool and Spa Enclosures

Having a pool or spa at home is not just fun, it is also convenient and spectacular. During the summer months when the kids are at home, nothing can keep them busy like a pool or a swim spa. It can offer hours of joy and exercise not to mention spare you from having to foot huge bills for air conditioning costs. There is not any reason to have the A/C on if you are swimming in the pool!

  1. 1.Safety and Security

    Most zoning requirements mandate a permit for putting up an enclosure around home pools and spas. This is primarily to ensure the safety of your family and neighbors.

    A pool or spa is a fun place for adults too and it is a remarkable place to have parties and get-togethers. Installing a pool has become affordable these days and this has also contributed to their popularity. After installing a pool or spa, it is essential to put an enclosure around it.


    Most zoning requirements mandate a permit for putting up an enclosure around home pools and spas. This is primarily to ensure the safety of your family and neighbors. Putting up an enclosure is not a difficult task and you should be able to do this by yourself or with a little help. This is certainly necessary if you have young children or have children come over often or at all.

  2. 2.Proper Measuring

    When setting up a pool enclosure, you will have to obtain specific details about the dimensions of your pool and the surroundings. This will ensure that there will not be any room for error and you will have the enclosure set up exactly as you wish.

  3. 3.Advantages of an Enclosure

    Privacy and safety are the primary aims of setting up an enclosure around your pool or spa. When compared to an indoor pool or spa, an outdoor pool or spa with an enclosure has been found cost-effective. This is because the filtration and heating systems do not have to work as hard and thus last longer than they would otherwise. Enclosed outdoor pools and spas are also easier to maintain and service.

  5. 4.Buying an Enclosure

    There are some factors you need to consider before buying an enclosure for a pool or a spa. The measurements of the pool or spa have to be accurate to the minutest details if buying a cover because you will need to get one that fits perfectly. Covers can range from simple plastic ones to elaborate cabins. If you can afford it, you might want to extend the enclosure to fit in a bench or sun tanners as well as any other accessories you may deem necessary. The enclosure you choose must go with the landscape and the rest of the property and not look out of place―if it matches the home or the surrounding backyard fence, even better.


    You will also have to consider the options of materials available for pool enclosures. They include wood and wood laminates, vinyl, and plastic sheets. Your choice will have to account for weather conditions in the area where you live. Also, you should see if the manufacturer offers any kind of warranty. This is required to ensure that you will not incur a loss in the event the product has any defects or the material it is made of does not result in either warping and/or shrinking.

  6. 5.Building the Enclosure

    The enclosure you buy will be primarily for the walls and roof. So you may need to have some kind of flooring put in around the pool before beginning this evolution. The floor can be made out of patio bricks or wood or any other material that you can afford and satisfies your preferences. The floor should be level all around and then you can dig the holes for the support posts of the enclosure. These holes must then be filled with cement to provide support to the posts. The next step would be to start constructing the enclosure as it takes its vertical ascent. Vinyl or screened panel enclosures can be easily installed but those with glass require precision and may need a professional touch.

  7. 6.Need some Clearance

    Following the building codes, making the right choices, and heeding the manufacturer’s guidelines when installing an enclosure, should simplify this sizeable project. And remember to leave about three feet of clearance all around the pool or spa when building this striking enclosure.

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